Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne
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Australia is amongst the three highest greenhouse gas emitters per capita in the world. The Paris Agreement and 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference point to an urgent need to embrace more sustainable practices. A low carbon energy future is central to achieving this outcome. This webinar provides an insight into international best practice for low carbon energy technologies. Two presenters will provide practical insights into cutting-edge case studies that push the boundary of low carbon energy technology developments, offering a preview of solutions that will contribute to Australia’s future low carbon energy, construction, and mining industries.
In this webinar, we identify some opportunities for the (Australian) construction, infrastructure and energy industries and share practical experiences from overseas through two presentations.
Associate Professor Loveridge works across industry and academia in Europe and will present about the capacity for low carbon heat from infrastructure: a UK case study. Space heating alone accounts for 40% of UK energy use and 20% of CO2 emissions. Tackling heating and building cooling demands is therefore critical to achieving net-zero ambitions in the UK. The most energy-efficient way to decarbonise heating and cooling is through the use of ground source heat pumps (GSHP) and district technology. However, capital costs are often high. To reduce investment costs, it is proposed to use buried infrastructure as sources and stores of thermal energy. Barriers to this innovative approach include a lack of knowledge about the actual net amount of recoverable energy and impacts on the primary function of any buried infrastructure, as well as the need for new investment and governance strategies integrated across the energy and infrastructure sectors.
Associate Professor Loveridge will share with us an assessment of the scale of the opportunity for thermal energy recovery and storage linked to new and existing buried infrastructure in the UK, along with strategic measures to help reduce barriers and start on the journey to achieving the energy potential of buried infrastructure.
Mr Chendorain, Associate Director at Arup and Global Lead for Geothermal and Groundwater Engineering will discuss his GSHP experience in the UK, North America and other places around the world. Drawbacks, benefits and profitability will be debated.
This webinar is organised by the bidding committee of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre on Sustainable Energy Geotechnics for Climate Adaptation. This initiative aims to combine ground technologies with digital enablers to develop a more profitable, sustainable, and low-carbon energy future.
The Narrm Oration is the University’s key address profiling leading Indigenous peoples from across the world in order to enrich our ideas about possible futures for Indigenous Australia. The 2021 Narrm Oration will be delivered online by Professor Papaarangi Reid from the University of Auckland on the theme of Navigating Indigenous Futures.
‘If you google Indigenous peoples, the images that come up are usually of people wearing traditional ceremonial attire, in cultural settings or in remote locations. As Indigenous peoples, we have spent most of our post-colonial time surviving genocide, demanding Indigenous rights, telling and retelling Indigenous histories, reclaiming languages driven close to extinction, protecting our other-than-human relations in natural environments, and rebuilding the legitimacy of Indigenous knowledge traditions. Such colonial imagery and these battles force us to be constantly focused on the past.
Meanwhile, our present is littered with the “C” crises – colonialism, capitalism, consumerism, COVID, and climate. These critical current challenges are impacting hugely on our futures, both the futures that emerge and those we dare to envision.
Māori have a saying – i ngā rā o mua – the days of the past are in front of us, and therefore we walk into the future bringing our experiences of the past. To live up to the expectations of both our ancestors and our descendants as yet unborn, we need to fully imagine and plan to navigate Indigenous futures; to heal our planet and ourselves, to find joy, and to rebuild respectful relationships. In this oration, I will discuss issues I believe will help or hinder our navigation points into our futures.’